FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 31, 2014
WASHINGTON—Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) today issued the following statement in response to the announcement by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) today of the allocation of 2,000 additional CBP officers at air, land and sea ports in 18 states:
“The addition of 2,000 new CBP officers is welcome news for U.S. airports and the millions of international passengers they welcome each year, and we applaud CBP for putting into action ACI-NA’s longstanding recommendation for addressing the critical staffing shortage,” said Kevin M. Burke, ACI-NA president and CEO. “With international traffic on the rise, an increase in CBP staffing along with continued focus on processing efficiencies could not have come at a more critical time for U.S. airports.
“ACI-NA also commends CBP’s continuing pursuit toward greater facilitation efficiency through the use of trusted-traveler programs and technology,” continued Burke. “These new CBP officers are a welcome compliment to the Global Entry program and Automated Passport Control kiosks, all three of which are important components of successfully alleviating lengthy Customs wait-times in our nation’s airports.”